- James R. Anthony
( bc 1656; d Paris, 1704). French singer . She sang at a young age in the musical establishment of Philip, Duke of Orleans, and first appeared on stage as Diana in Les amours de Diane et d’Endymion by Sablières at Versailles (1671). Her performance impressed Robert Cambert, who cast her as Phyllis in his pastorale Les peines et les plaisirs de l’amour (1671). She created six leading roles in Lully’s operas: Aeglé in Thésée (1675), Sangaride in Atys (1676), Io in Isis (1677), Philonoé in Bellérophon (1679), the title role in Proserpine (1680) and Andromeda in Persée (1682). She assumed such a ‘prodigious size’ that she retired in 1684 because ‘she could not walk and appeared toute ronde’ (F. Parfaict: Histoire de l’Academie royale de musique, MS, 7741, F-Pn ).
Aubry fanned the antagonism between Lully and Guichard, her former lover. She told Lully that Guichard plotted his murder by asking her brother to mix arsenic in Lully’s tobacco. There followed a bitter trial lasting nearly three years....